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17 June 2020 / The Nome Nugget / R. B. Smith

Oily substance found near Savoonga remains a mystery

Savoonga, Alaska, United States

About a month ago, residents of St. Lawrence Island found a patch of oily, white goo on the beach, along with some dead sea birds covered in the substance.

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Biogenic oil sample on a gauze pad from a larger sample of the mystery substance.
Gay Sheffield 17-June-2020
The carcass of one of the eight short-tailed shearwaters sent from Savoonga to Nome. You can see the biogenic (non-petroleum based) oil that has come off the feathers and dulled the shine of the new tray.
Gay Sheffield 17-June-2020